2022 Harrison County Guide

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About Harrison County

Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center

Iowa’s Loess Hills...A Scenic Treasure

3 State Scenic Byways






Small’s Fruit Farm and Pie Parlor 13

Watson Station & Depot Museum 14

SPECIAL FEATURE! Harrison County Historically Speaking 15-26

Harrison County Map & Attractions

Iowa’s Loess Hills

Great Escape

Wisecup Farm Museum







Harrison County Fair/4 County Fair 32

The Art of Harrison County 33

Get Out and Play in the Scenic Loess Hills 34


Restaurants / Dine-In & Carry-Out

Place of Worship

Harrison County Online






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Welcome Welcome

Dear Visitor:

We hope as you visit Harrison County that you will enjoy your stay and experience the area’s natural beauty and small-town values we hold dear.

Home to three scenic byways and the Loess Hills State Forest, driving here is an experience in itself.

Our local shops and attractions let you savor a wide array of tastes, scents and locally grown products to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor experience, historical attractions and museums or shopping and dining, Harrison County is the place for you. Trails, camping, fishing, antiquing, and unique shops can be found throughout the area. Tourism and industry go hand in hand here. From attractions and entertainment to manufacturing and education, we are committed to offering a quality of life that is second to none.

Our county, as well as all 10 communities, welcome you to enjoy our local hospitality and small-town charm.

3 Ice fishing at Willow Lake Recreation Area. Above photo: Smalls Fruit Farm.


Total Population – 14,669

Number of Households - 6,094

Unemployment Rate – 3 percent

Number of Business Establishments – 350-450

Children Under Age 18 - 22.9 percent

Median Household Income - $64,154

Owner-occupied Housing – 73.8 percent

Median Housing Value - $124,000

Harrison County, Iowa 5


• Named for George L. Dunlap, a railroad official

• Houses Dunham Barn, one of the earliest brick barns built 1870 in western Iowa.

• The McLean Museum and Dougal House, built in 1879, also called the Dunlap home

• The historic Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in June 2011


• Best known for Little Sioux Scout Ranch of the Boys Scouts of America

• Consists of 0.37 square miles

• Located at the foot of the Loess Hills State Forest


• 1852, Henry Reel, native of Virginia, settled on the banks of the Boyer River and started a grist mill and saw mill, giving birth to Boyer Falls

• Later named, Logan, in honor of General John A Logan, a Civil War army officer

• The only community located on the three byways-the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway, the Western Skies Scenic Byway and the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway

EVERY TOWN HAS A STORY 6 WELCOME TO MISSOURI VALLEY We invite you to join our community City of Missouri Valley • Quality administrative, parks, recreation, street and water departments • Current camping rates $15 camper - $5 tent camping -per day subject to change ISSOURI VALLEY electric Beautiful aquatic center rates-per day WELCOME TO MISSOURI VALLEY Newly expanded library Large city park with 95 electric hook-up camping spaces Beautiful aquatic center City Administrator 712-642-3502 Chamber of Commerce 712-642-2553 • Dedicated re and rescue personnel • Modern police department • Quality administrative, parks, recreation, street and water departments • Current camping rates-per day subject to change $12 electric - $8 tent • New park playground equipment • Aquatic center located in the park • Newly expanded and renovated hospital • Excellent schools • Churches - Clubs • Organizations • Large community/senior center Newly expanded library Large city park with 95 electric hook-up camping spaces



• Home of the Log Cabin Museum

• Organized in 1853, and was the original county seat

• The County Courthouse, which was the third building erected in 1873, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2019, the building was demolished due to extreme disrepair


• First known settler was H.B. Hendricks from Indiana. Two years later W.B & George McIntosh started farming and named the settlement McIntosh Point. In 1865, McIntosh sold eighty acres to John I. Blair Lot and Land Company for $30 an acre. The company platted the town and filed the name as Missouri Valley

• The city was named after the valley of the Missouri Valley and is the largest town of Harrison County

• Birthplace Margarita Fischer (1886-1975), stage actress, who performed in over 175 silent motion pictures


• Originally name Martinsdale, the community was laid out in 1872 by Benjamin Martin. The name was changed to Modale, in error, because it dwells in the dale near the Missouri River. The petitioner abbreviated Missouri Dale to Mo Dale and clerks at the national capital mistook the requested name change to Modale.

• The birthplace of Myra Keaton, a vaudeville performer and mother of silent film actor, director and Honorary Academy Award-winner Buster Keaton, housed the historic Modale Schoolhouse, now the home of the Modale Town & Country Arts Organization


• Platted in the winter when the railroad was extended to that community

• It was named after Mondamin, a Native American corn deity, because the community is situated within the greatest corn belt in Western Iowa

• It is the home of the historic Spooner-Holeton House, built in 1870, which has served as a drug store, private residence and library throughout its 150 year history


• One of the last communities to be platted for Harrison County

• There is conflict on origin of name, some say the name is due to Persian immigrants arriving to help build the Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad. Others state it is named after David Persia, who allegedly lived where the town’s water tower now stands.


• The name chosen by members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

• Home of the Old Home Café, currently known as Dave’s Old Home Café. The café and Persia were referenced, along with nearby Nishnabotna River and Interstate 680 in the C.W. McCall Song “Four Wheel Drive” (1975)

• The birthplace of James Allen, Mormon Battalion organizer and Loren Babe, Major League Baseball third basemen


• Named for its dense growth of the woodbine plant near the original town site

• Original transcontinental Lincoln Highway (now known as US Hwy 30) runs through Woodbine on its way from New York to San Francisco (bricked in 1921)

• Lincoln Way resides on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as Woodbine Carnegie Library and Woodbine’s historic Main Street District

8 HARRISON COUNTY HISTORICAL VILLAGE & IOWA WELCOME CENTER HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday Noon-5pm Iowa Welcome Center and Gift Shop Open Daily (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter) Historical Village Open Daily Mid-April thru November www.harrisoncountyparks.org/welcome • 712-642-2114 • welcome@harrisoncountyparks.org


Owned and operated by the Harrison County Conservation Board, the Harrison County Historical Village dates back to the 1800’s and doubles as the Iowa Welcome Center.

Thanks to Preston Niles and his love of history, visitors may enjoy pioneer history from over 30 years of cultivating a wide variety of artifacts and items from our pioneer’s past.

Visitors can look forward to a walking trail, playground, geocaching and educational exhibits. The five-building complex features an original log cabin and one room school. You will not want to miss the 1880’s peddler’s wagon, which was used in Harrison County for over 55 years. Also, a worthy mention is an original Lincoln Highway marker located in the village. Of the approximately 3,000 markers erected across the United States by the Boy Scouts of America in 1928, it is one of the dozen markers still in its original location. And of course, you must visit the gift store, where you may shop for souvenirs, crafts, clothing, food and drink, maps and travel guides of Loess Hills. Be sure to enjoy a free sample of cherry drink that has been made and bottled at the facility since the 1930’s, Located in Harrison County on the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway, the Western Skies Scenic Byway. It is five miles east of Interstate 29, Exit 75, on Highway 30 (2931 Monroe Avenue, Missouri Valley). There is no admission Charge, free-will donations are greatly appreciated.

9 5 miles east of I-29 on Hwy. 30 near Missouri Valley 712-642-2114 www.HarrisonCountyParks.org/welcome LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! Harrison County Iowa Welcome Center Farmers Market Thursdays, Mid-May thru Mid-October 3:30-6:30 pm Hike our trail, explore our outdoor village, check out the Harrison County Freedom Rock, and our selection of Iowa merchandise and wines all while enjoying the beauty of Iowa!


A Scenic Treasure


The Loess Hills of western Iowa were formed over 25,000 years ago when a large glacier began to retreat from the area. Due to temperature changes, the Pleistocene glaciers would melt in the summer causing water to fill the Missouri River valley. During winter, the glaciers would stop melting, slowing down the flow of water. This exposed sandbars and silt material on the floor of the valley. Strong winds would whip through the Missouri River Valley and pick up the exposed silt material and deposit it on the east side of the valley. This was repeated over thousands of years. And with time, creeks and rivers sculptured the hills creating the Loess Hills that we see today.

The unique quality of Loess Hills is the depth of the loess. There is only one other location, near the Yellow River in China, that has loess deposits greater than the 100-200 foot depths of those in the Loess Hills of Iowa. Not only does this make Loess Hills unique and globally significant, it also allows occupation to endangered animals and rare prairie grasses.


It is no secret that the gem of Harrison County is the Loess Hills and the Loess Hills State Forest.

The State Forest is divided into three management units: Little Sioux, Mondamin and Pisgah.

The Little Sioux unit lies between the communities of Little Sioux and Pisgah and consists of 3,835 acres. Pisgah unit has 2,564 acres, which is located east of Pisgah and is also the site of the forest headquarters and visitors center. The Mondamin Unit is located east of the town of Mondamin and contains 1,096 acres. A fourth management unit, Preparation Canyon, is located in Monona County and is just a few miles north of Pisgah and contains 4,105 acres of forest.

The forest areas in Harrison County are open to hunting, hiking, cross country skiing, bird watching, scenic driving and nature study. Visitor parking can be found along the various roadways throughout the forest.

Camping is not allowed in any of the units, but can be found nearby in the below listed areas: Pisgah City Park Campground 712-456-2301

Willow Lake Recreation Area 712-647-2785

Loess Hills Hideaway Cabins 712-996-5003

Preparation Canyon State Park 712-456-2924

Missouri Valley City Park 712-672-3502

Monona County Conservation Board 712-433-2400

Loess Hills are home to some of the largest mass of prairie in the state. Prairie meaning landscapes where the soil, weather and all around conditions favor grasses over trees. Although prairie can found anywhere in Loess Hills, it dominates both the southern and western slopes, because grasses survive better in dry climates, and withstand fire and grazing, better than trees, most likely due to deep root systems and narrow leaves, which reduce water loss.

The Iowa Loess Hills is an incredible landmark, a beautiful prairie covering the hills, with a blanket of short and tall grasses and an interlocking mixture of many loess soil partials creating its foundation. We should all be mindful of how rare the hills and the organisms that inhabited them are and appreciate the natural beauty that Loess Hills has to offer.





For additional information and maps of the Scenic Byways, visit the Harrison County Historical Village and Welcome Center

The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental road for automobiles in the United States, dedicated in 1913. Carl Fishers, founder of Indianapolis Motor speedway, dreamed of a highway spanning the continent, from coast to coast. After many attempts to engage the support of Henry Ford, who later declined, Fisher received monetary support from Frank Sabering, president of Goodyear, and Henry Joy, president of Packard Motor Car Company. Naming the highway was a patriotic tribute to President Abraham Lincoln. The tribute was further recognized on September 1, 1928, with thousands of Boys Scouts, who lined the highway placing mile markers. At an average of one marker per mile, they installed small concrete markers portraying Lincoln’s bust and the inscription “This highway is dedicated to Abraham Lincoln”.



“Oh my, what a beautiful view” says many a traveler when approaching the western boarder of Iowa.

Miles of extraordinary hills including prairie, forest, rolling hills, steep bluffs and soft ridges spanning more than 1,080 square miles along the eastern edge of the Missouri River flood plain. When roaming this 220-mile route, travelers have the option of 13 excursion routes for sightseeing. The byway runs from the Missouri state border south of Hamburg, Iowa north to Akron, north of Sioux City.


In western Iowa, this 140-mile route begins in Stuart and spans the four counties of Guthrie, Audubon, Shelby and Harrison. From Stuart, the byway goes north to connect with Iowa 44 in Panora, streams along the ridge top through the towns of Guthrie Center and Hamlin and passes through the Danish Villages of the Elk Horn and Kimbalton. Continue your journey through Westphalia, Panama and Woodbine on the northern loop. The southern loop travels through Portsmouth and continues into Missouri Valley.

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Come visit this 33 acre orchard nestled in the slopes of the Loess Hills, overlooking the Missouri River valley, 3 miles east of Mondamin, Iowa.

The season begins with luscious strawberries in June and ends with crisp Apples in the fall, not to mention the many tasty fruits and veggies in between. Mark your calendar to pick your own apples starting Labor Day weekend. A bit busy? No worries, we’ll gladly ship nationwide. Check our website for information on pickyour-own strawberries and pumpkin patch availability. Visitors have the opportunity to watch cider being made, and sample it as well. Enjoy a piece of pie and ice cream in the pie parlor.

Fall Fest is the second weekend of October, and will feature live music, pony rides, games and so much more.

We welcome Car Clubs, School Tours, Bus Tours or Private Tours.

The Apple Chapel and Pavilion is ready to host your next gathering. Contact us if you are interested in hosting your wedding, family picnic or reunion.

Come enjoy what we (and nature) have to offer!

SMALL’S FRUIT FARM & PIE PARLOR 13 SMALL’S FRUIT FARM Located 3 miles East of Mondamin on Hwy. 127 smallsff@gmail.com 712-646-2723 Our season begins with Asparagus in May Don’t forget to stop by Small’s Pie Parlor for a piece of homemade pie with ice cream! All of our pies are made from fresh fruits. Strawberries in June Raspberries in July Apples start in August and go through December. Pick-your-own starts the 1st weekend of September. Visit our large Pumpkin Patch in October. Join us for our 12th Annual FALL FEST Oct. 9th, 2022 Bounce House Pie-Eating Contest Live Music Games Pony Rides And More! Tours or Car Clubs WelcomeCall for booking. www.smallsfruitfarm.com COUNTRYHARDWARE AND SUPPLY Stop in today! 219 E. 7th St., Logan, IA 51546 (on Main Street) 712.644.2113 YOUR LOCAL Experts for ALL Home Improvements Valspar is YOUR #1 CHOICE

Watson Station Depot and Train Museum, a 100 foot long replica of a railroad depot from yesteryears, is a must-see attraction in Harrison County - open May through October.

Located in Missouri Valley’s City Park, the station includes the depot, a 1,700 foot miniature railroad park with a bridge, a tunnel and three train engines.

The first, a beautifully restored coal-powered 1948 Ottaway steam engine, originally owned by the Missouri Valley Fire Department and later by John Watson. The second is a 2013 Union Pacific replica called the Aunt Pokey Express, and the third is a tri-colored passenger train engine called the Jimmy King Express.

Step inside, where you can view a display of HO-gauge trains, collection of 160 brass replicas of every Union Pacific engine ever built, a refurbished motor car, a collection of 85 train themed plates and train memorabilia. Everything for train enthusiasts, history buffs and weary travelers!

Mark your calendars for the Halloween Party in October and a Polar Express event in December.

The mission of Watson Station is to educate and entertain, by bringing back the grand old railroad days of yore. Come ride with us!

WATSON STATION 14 1948 Ottaway Steam Train 2013 Union Pacific Replica Train 2021 F-Series Gas Engine Open May through October & Holidays Hours of Operation: Saturdays & Sundays noon-5 p.m. Souvenirs, Train Mountain HO scale train display, complete brass Union Pacific engine collection, train memorabilia. Ask about our private birthday parties, $125. missourivalleychamber.com • cityofmissourivalley.com Watson Station Train Rides for all Ages 712-642-2210 • Missouri Valley City Park





These panels “Tell the Tale” of an era gone by, part of Harrison County’s treasured past.

By appreciating the importance of the past, we can continue working in the present to ensure future generations will respect and preserve the enduring history that is represented.


The Dunham Barn, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is built of bricks that were fired at a kiln west and north of the barn.

Built in 1870, the barn is one of the earliest barns built in western Iowa. The wall of the barn are four bricks thick at the lower level and three bricks thick at the upper level. A 40 foot hand-hewn walnut beam in the lower level is an indication of the size of the walnut trees growing in this area when it was first settled. A step into the barn is a step into the past. The upper level offers a drivein entrance through which the farmer could bring his wagon with hay to pitch into the hay-mow or grain to dump into the grain bin. The feed could then be dropped through the trap doors in the floor to the lower level in front of each of the ten horse stalls. The horses or mules would enter the lower level of the barn from an outdoor paddock into the stalls or not the loading area in the center. There are many unique items in this barn that make it an interesting place.



The Dougal House was once the parsonage for the church that now serves as the McLean Museum. The house was purchased in 1991 by Irene Dougal and was given to the Historical Society as a me morial to her husband, Lloyd Dougal. The house, contain ing many historic items, is reminiscent of homes from that period. Among the inter esting items in the house are a gasoline stove, pump organ, household utensils, clothing and furniture.


The McLean Museum was opened in 1988 in a brick church built in 1879 with bricks manufactured in Dunlap.

It served as both a Baptist and Lutheran church. It was later sold to a Bible Baptist congregation who kept it until 1983. The museum contains plat books, assessor’s and other records, some dating back to as early as the 1880’s.

Many items in the museum were collected and saved by Don McLean for whom the museum is named.

On exhibit is a square grand piano that once was played in the Dunlap Opera House and pictures from the Booster Buck Manufacturing Company which operated in Dunlap.

The Booster Buck, a piece of farm machinery primarily used by farmers to put up hay, was manufactured in a factory here in Dunlap.





Michael Murray, born in Scotland in 1840, followed his brother John to Harrison County. He carried mail on horseback, drove a stagecoach, established a trading post for the Overhead Stage Company, and later worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. Returning to Little Sioux in 1868, he farmed land just outside town and purchased Benjamin Tabers’ mercantile business.

In 1877, he erected the two-story mercantile building that was part of the town’s early commercial life and it’s social life as well, since the upper story space hosted meetings of many groups. The general store sold dry goods (cloth) notions (needles, thread, thimbles), furnishings, clothing, boots, shoes, hats, groceries, and mockery. It was one of the five then operating in town at the town’s peak in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Murray Hall housed a thriving general store on its ground floor and a second floor meeting space used by GAR (Grand Army of the Republic), Civil War veterans and the local chapters of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Rebecca’s, and, the Woodmen and the Masonic Eastern Star orders. By the 1970’s, only the Masonic and Eastern Star chapters remained. They closed in the 1980’s. However, the building continues to have an active life in community’s formation and growth, and a meeting place for two historic preservation groups and the Senior Citizens’ group.

The 1877 wooden building is a rare example of the two-story, “false front” or “boom town” commercial building style of the 19th century. It’s gabled roof is masked by a flat parapet to give the look of greater height.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.


This beautiful building was added to the National Historic Register in 1985. It has served as a bank, insurance agency, and commercial business office over the years. This ornate white terra cotta structure is an example of the Classical revival style of architecture.

It was built in 1902 and has remained an iconic feature in Logan’s commercial district. The interior feature in Logan’s commercial district.

The interior terrazzo floors, exterior community clock and intricate detailing add to its ambiance.

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The Harrison County Courthouse was built in 1911 at a cost of $103,000. This Classical Revival style building contains 672,000 bricks and is capped off with a dome reaching 77 ft. into the air.

The dome contains a beautiful stained glass window that is visible only by looking up from the rotunda at the center of the lower level inside the building.

Four murals were added to the Courthouse in 1920 by Frank Enders of Milwaukee. They were painted on canvas and attached to the walls. These murals depict Lady Justice, a horn of plenty, the old courthouse of Magnolia, and the first courthouse of Logan. The Harrison County Courthouse was placed on the National Historic Register in 1981. For more information, go to: www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com


The log cabin in Magnolia’s town park was erected in 1926 as a lasting memorial to the pioneers and early settlers of the area.

The logs were gathered from Harrison County pioneer families and others in and around Magnolia and a log rolling and measuring day was held for preparatory work for the cabin in July 1926. The bricks used in the fireplace and the west side cabin door were taken from the Old Magnolia High School building.

The cabin contains many items of local history and are representative of the time period in which the area was settled.

Many residents gave their time, talent, funding and resources to make the cabin a reality. The cabin and its contents remind us of their help and honors the pioneers who settled in Harrison County.

Lady Justice Magnolia Courthouse Old Logan Courthouse Horn of Plenty



Magnolia’s town pump has been a mainstay and important part of the community history since 1907. The well was dug to serve as the primary water supply for the community. The location in the center of town served local merchants and citizens of Magnolia well. Farmers who came to town to buy and sell goods could water their horses and could use the pump. Over time it has also been used as a local fixture for giving directions by using the pump as a starting point of reference. After city water was introduced to Magnolia, the town pump lost much of its usefulness but remains an iconic part of Harrison County’s past, paying tribute to the history of the area and to the importance of water for settlement and growth.




This mural titled “Iowa Fair” was com pleted in 1938 by Francis Robert White. The content of this mural change signifi cantly from his initial competition de sign, possibly due to his selection of the theme “Opening of the Midwest” for the Cedar Rapids federal courthouse. White was sponsored by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts during the New Deal to help ar tisans recover from the Great Depression.

The Rialto has been a theater house since 1908. In total Missouri Valley had five different theaters operating in the two different buildings off and on since 1908: At the 405 E. Erie St. the New Palm Theater and The Valley Theater. Most attribute the Palm Theater and the Majestic, the Rialto was known by during the silent movie era. The original piano used during the silent movie era was reunited with the Ri alto in 2016 after being discovered in eastern Iowa by family members of a previous theater owner.

By 1984 the Rialto had deteriorated and had to be closed down. After a community-wide effort in 1989, the movie house was renovated and re-opened in 1990. The theater underwent several major renovations between 2014 and 2018 and was bought into the 21st century with the most up-to-date electronic reclining seats, digital HD projector, Dolby 7.1 surround sound, new wiring, new glass railings in the balcony, and a restored marquee.

F20 F14 L14 K45 K45 L23 L20 F50 183 127 £ ¤ 30 29 29 3 4 5 15 18 2 14 16 6 1 17 16 Harrison County, Iowa 0 2 41 Miles : 1. Murray Hall (712) 646-2916 2. Loess Hills State Forest Visitor Center (712) 456-2924, www.iowadnr.gov/Destinations/ StateForests/LoessHillsStateForest.aspx 3. Small's Fruit Farm (712) 646-2723, www.smallsfruitfarm.com 4. Loess Hills Lavender Farm (712) 642-9016, www.loesshillslavender.com 5. Sawmill Hollow Aronia Berry Farm (712) 648-2432, www.sawmillhollow.com 6. Pioneer Cabin (712) 648-2534 7. Willow Lake & Nature Encounter Center (712) 647-2785, www.harrisoncountyparks.org 8. Dougal House & McLean Museum (712) 643-5721, www.dunlapia.com 9. Agnes Dunham Wax Nativity Scene (712) 643-5721, www.dunlapia.com 10. Millard Historic Preservation Park / Woodbine Lincoln Highway & Brick Street Historic District (712) 647-3434, www.woodbineia.com 11. Harrison County Courthouse (712) 644-2401, www.harrisoncountyia.org 12. Duncan's Poultry (712) 644-2322, www.duncanspoultry.com 13. Historical Village & Welcome Center (712) 642-2114, www.harrisoncountyparks.org/welcome 14. Watson Steam Train Museum (712) 870-1961, www.cityofmissourivalley.com 15. Wisecup's Farm Museum (402) 689-1984, www.wisecupfarmmuseum.com 16. DeSoto Visitor Center & Bertrand Museum (712) 388-4800, www.fws.gov/refuge/desoto 17. Town & Country Arts, Old Grand Masonic Lodge (712) 645-2531 18. Spooner-Holeton House (712) 646-2916 Attractions Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway 2nd Generation Original 1913 Route; Detour Rerouted Loess Hills National Scenic Byway Loop Spine Western Skies Scenic Byway Western Skies Scenic Byway Sawmill Hollow Loop Orchard Ridge Loop Fountainbleu Loop Brent' s Trail £ ¤ 30 £ ¤ 30 £ ¤ 75 § ¨ 680 § 680 § 80 § ¨ 29 § ¨ 29 § ¨ 29 Missouri Valley, IA Council Bluffs, IA Omaha, NE ^ _ Harrison County Little Sioux Mondamin Modale Missouri Valley Magnolia Pisgah O' Day & Gee-Hruska Wetland Areas Gleason-Hubel Wildlife Area Ruffcorn Wildlife Area Goodman Property Murray Hill Scenic Overlook Sioux Dam Wildlife Area Remmington Boat Launch Horseshoe Lake Wetland Area Vaile Wetland Nature Area Nolan Wetland Sawmill Hollow Wildlife Area Missouri Bottoms Wetland Area Historical Village Welcome Center De Soto National Wildlife Refuge Round Lake Loess Hills State Forest (Little Sioux Unit) Loess Hills State Forest (Pisgah Unit) Loess Hills State Forest (Mondamin Unit) 20

The Loess Hills of Western Iowa

Formed 10,000 to 20,000 years ago from wind blown silt called Loess, the Loess Hills Landform indicates an area where Loess is greater than 60 feet deep. The only other place such an expansive example of Loess deposits can be found is in Shaanxi, China.

Magnolia Logan Woodbine Dunlap Lewis Clark
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Persia Willow Lake Recreation Area Schaben Park Old Town Conservation Area Village & Welcome Center Roadside Rest Area
"Today Route" Share the Road Bike Route Brent's Trail Designated Trails & Bike Routes 21


Watson Station is a railroad station with artifacts an original 1948 Ottawa steer and a newly built gas engine.

Watson Station is a 100-foot long replica of an old-time small town railroad depot. Built in Missouri Valley’s City Park in 2009, the complex includes the depot and a 1700-foot miniature 12-gauge park railroad. Housed in the depot are two trains. The first is a restored steam train, originally owned by the Missouri Valley Fire Department and later by John Watson, for whom the station is named. The second is a 2013 Union Pacific diesel replica. Both trains operate during the station’s season, May through October. The depot features railroad-related artifacts and displays, including a major collection of miniature (to scale) brass locomotives.

The mission of Watson Station is to educate and entertain by bringing back the grand old railroad days of yore.


The Modale School and Masonic Hall was built in 1880 to serve as a school building for the town. The build ing served as the school building for the town.

The building served as the school until a modern brick building was erected in 1911. At that time, the Masons moved into the building.

The Masons converted the second floor gymnasium into their meeting room. They also constructed an addition to the west end of the building to add a stage.

The stage was used as a theater in the 1920’s-30’s and provided income for the Masons. The Masons continued to occupy the building until the lodge was dissolved in 2004.

The Modale Masonic Lodge merged with the Missouri Valley Lodge. While the Masons had control of the building, it saved a variety of community functions.

Notable, when Modale’s school house burned down in the summer of 1957, the building once again served as a temporary school building.

The Masons donated the building to the Town & Country Arts organization, and is was placed on the National Historic Register in 2014.

A replica of the original stage curtin used in the 1920’s-30s can be seen today in the Town and Country Arts building. The original is still in their possession but is too brittle for public display.




The Mondamin School was built in 1883 on the corner of Noyes St. and Maple St. It was home to all grades until a new school building was built in an adjacent lot.

The schools were then referred to as the Big School (New school) and the Little School (Old school). The Big School was sold to the Reorganized Church in 1898 and was moved 1/2 block east and 1/2 block south. The church closed its doors in 1928 and the building was sold to the J.L. Gillette family to be used as a home. It was purchased and later restored by Larry Stevens. It is currently a private residence.


The Spooner-Holeton House was built in 1870 to be used as a drug store. Various families have lived there throughout its existence. It was purchased in 1890 by the Irving Spooner family who lived there until 1922. In the 1930’s, three families lived here each having two rooms a piece. In the early 1940’s the Spooner-Holeton house served as the Mondamin Library. However, it was a private residence during that time with only part of the house being used as the library.

The Spooner-Holeton House was purchased in 1948 by the Holeton family. Subsequently, the town’s library moved around from a number of houses and buildings on Main St. prior to finding a home in a permanent structure where it exists today. Larry Stevens purchased it in 1993 and restored in 2006. It is now utilized as a museum furnished in 1880’s style.




The Chicago, Milwaukee, & St. Paul Railroad was built through the southeast corner of Harrison County in 1881. Subsequently, a small settlement began to emerge.

The first building constructed was a blacksmith shop owned by Carl Pederson. Shortly afterward another building was erected.

This was the first grocery store owned by John McWilliams. In March, 1882, a hotel, the Allee House, was built by George A. Courtwright. However, the city of Persia wasn’t officially platted and recorded until June 6, 1882, by L. C. and Alice Baldwin. It was one of the last towns established in Harrison County. It is located near Mosquito Creek, has some of the most fertile ground in the county, and is well suited for crop farming.


There are differing accounts of how the town got its name. One version is that the Persian immigrants worked on the railroad as it was being built through Washington Township. Another account recorded in the Persia Centennial 18831983 book was that a man by the name of David Persia, possibly a railroad worker,lived where the Persia water tower now stands and it was named after him. A third account is that a peddler in the region was said to have stated that the views of thearea reminded him of his home in Persia and it was named after his homeland. Regardless of the real reason the name has drawn attention to the community. In 2012, a BBC documentary was made about the town and how it got its name. Area residents were interviewed.


At 2 a.m. on April 19, 1905, a fire alarm was sounded by Heran Testroet, who discovered a blaze under some kerosene tanks located in the southeast corner of the Willard Bros. Store.

The kerosene ignited and the fire grew quickly out of control. A gentle breeze that evening made things worse by spreading embers to the north side of the road. Because the wood in the buildings was so dry at the time, it didn’t take long for both sides of the street to burn fiercely. Little could be done to extinguish this monster fire with no water works in the community at the time. Citizens, men and women alike, ran from building to building attempting to save what property they could. In the end, the loss totaled $50,000. Insurance covered only about $17,000 devastating many of the local businesses. Just eight of the original buildings comprising the Persia business district remained following the fire.

It was thought that the fire was set intentionally, but this could never be confirmed, nor could anyone explain why this would be done. However, prior to the discover of the fire by Mr. Testroet, Miss Ethyl Lathrop discovered a fire behind a building owned by J.T. McCabe on the north side of the street. She put it out with a bucket of water and left to tell the owner. However, the fire either rekindled or was reset in nearly the same location. It was discovered by Mr. Lathrop and once again extinguished.

Persia Iowa Circa 1857 Note wooden sidewalks & buildings. The town was destroyed by fire, April 19, 1905 Persia, Iowa Main St. Circa 1915 after it was rebuilt.


Built in 1940’s, the 20x20x70-ft. tall milk carton wooden elevator sits at the community gateway as a prominent sentinel, greeting residents and visitors as they enter and depart Woodbine. An agricultural workhorse, wooden elevators are quickly disappearing. Woodbine’s elevator was saved from destruction by local volunteers. Funds were then raised to preserve and stabilize the elevator. Public art and LED lighting were installed in 2011.




The original transcontinental Lincoln Highway (now US Hwy. 30) was envisioned in 1913 as an improved, hard surfaced road stretching almost 3,400 miles from coast to coast, New York to San Francisco, over the short est practical route. Woodbine’s stretch was bricked in the summer of 1921. It is the longest original remaining portion of the Lincoln Highway in Iowa. Woodbine’s 3x3 block downtown is on the Historic Register for its Iowa Commercial Architecture (Designated in 2012 by the National Park Service). Other notable cultural assets in the Register include the 1909 Woodbine Carnegie Public Library, and both the 1878 Odd Fellows Building and the 1891 Walker Savings Bank at 5th & Walker. The downtown district was recognized as a Great American Main Street in 2014 by the National Main Street Center, National Trust for Historic Preservation.




Baseball has always been one of the most important events in Pisgah. In 2004, Pisgah’s ball field was named one of the Top 10 Vintage Baseball Diamonds in the state of Iowa by the Society of American Baseball Research.

The first grandstand was built by Walter Powell with used lumber from a grain storage building. The grandstand as it stands today was completely rebuilt in 2017. Many guys who played baseball there as children came to help rebuild the grandstand just as it was in the past. The fund raising was spearheaded by Joyce Hall, Kevin Holben and Jeff Deterring.

The project raised over $38,000 before the rebuilding even started. Many people from all over the country donated to this cause. Social media played a role in getting the word out.


The Hester Farm was established in 1882 by James and Amanda Hester. Their son Bob Hester and his wife Bertha purchased the farm in 1943 from the Hester Estate.

Mike Wohler and Pat Barry tore down the old structure that was condemned by the insurance company. Mark Flint hauled rock to rebuild the diamond. Pat Barry worked the ground to get the ballfields in the best shape ever. Carl Beers, Nathan Hussing, Kody Peterson and Bob Hall completed the construction of the grandstand and Mike Kirlin did the electrical by May 5, 2017 in time for the dedication at Pisgah Play Days. All of the volunteers had played baseball on this field as a kid. Pisgah, Iowa has been Home Base for many talented baseball players.

This was also the year that Bob and Bertha Hester started Hester’s Pisgah Maternity Home. This lovely home was the birthplace of nearly 2,000 babies delivered by Dr. W. T. Fegurson and Bertha Hester.

Two of the talented, Loren Babe and Bob Wiltse left Pisgah to play with the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers.


Bob Wiltse was a left handed pitcher and bat ter. He signed with the New York Yankees in 1947 when he graduated. Bob went to Morningside Col lege in 1956. After graduation, he became a teacher at Correctionville Iowa and served as the Athletic Director.


Bertha Hester started helping Dr. W. T. Ferguson in 1942. The Hesters ran this licensed maternity home until 1968. The mothers and babies would often stay with the Hesters for 10 days post delivery. During World War II the closest hospital was in Council Bluffs or Omaha. Gas rationing was a real issue that greatly limited the distance a person could travel. Dr. W. T. Ferguson and Bertha were kept very busy delivering the children of many families in the Pisgah area.

The garage down by the road was used by Dr. Ferguson to pull into and take the tunnel from the garage to the basement of the home. The maternity home had no plumbing, running water or electricity when it began. They used a wood stove to heat the home and to cook all the meals. Dr. Ferguson and Bertha made a great team. They worked together until 1968, when the Hesters closed the maternity ward.

Loren Babe was a left handed batter that played on Pisgah’s baseball team. This team went to the Iowa State Baseball Tournament 3 consecutive times during his time with the team.

He signed with the New York Yankees when he was only 17 years old. He played for the Yankees in 1952 when they went to the World Series. Loren also played for the Phil adelphia Athletics. He joined the Chicago White Sox as a manager in 1976.



Loess Hills are predominately dominated with prairie and hardwood trees. Bur Oak being the most tree in the area due to its ability to grow in dry areas and withstand fire. Many others will include Red Oak, Black Walnut, Hickories, Basswood, Elms, Ashes, Kentucky Coffee Trees, Cottonwood, Ironwood and Red Cedar. Forest life consists of many natural prairie areas comprised of big and little Bluestream, Indiangrass, Sideoats Grama and many forbs such as Yucca, Pasque Flower and Lead Plant


Come connect with nature at the first lavender farm in Iowa on 17 acres located at 2278 Loess Hills Trails (9 miles north of Missouri Valley). The farm was established in 2009 and provides a unique agricultural tourism outlet in the nature beauty of the Loess Hills. Blooms can be seen from June through September. The farm also features a wedding and special event venue as well as a craft store with more than 40 vendors. Visitors can continue to enjoy the lavender experience through bath and body products available in the store or on the Farm’s website. Schedule a tea party or small group lunch to sample delicious lavender culinary. Large groups and tours should schedule in advance. 712-642-9016, lhlavenderfarm@gmail.com or visit www.loesshillslavender.com for more information.

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A hiking trail more than 8 miles long near Little Sioux connecting Harrison County Conservation’s Murray Hill Scenic Overlook and Gleason-Hubel Wildlife Area via the Loess Hills State Forest. These trails are for experienced hikers.


Located five miles west of Missouri Valley along US Highway 30. Habitat to a variety of wildlife, such as deer, wild turkeys, coyotes, bobcats, pheasants, just to name a few. The lake provides refuge for beaver, muskrat and mink. Stopping grounds for geese and ducks during their flight to the Gulf Coast for winter and back again in the spring. For more info www.fws.gov/refuge/Desoto or 712-388-4800


Located about one mile south of Little Sioux on Crete Avenue and is in the Wetland Reserve Program. This area was donated by local residents and consists of 30 acres and connects with the O’Day Wetland Area. Access using parking lot at O’Day Wetland, Level B dirt road.


Located one mile southeast of Little Sioux on Larpenteur Memorial Road, and consists of 165 acres. Predominately woodland along with ridgetop native prairie stands and a network of hiking trails. Excellent for hunting, bird watching and morel mushroom hunting. Located in Loess Hills Bird Conservation Area.


One of the few remaining remnants of the Missouri River oxbow and consists of 41 acres of intermittent water. Ideal for hunting waterfowl and upland game. Located two miles west of Modale on 260th Street


Features double entry gate with dual fenced area, one for large breeds, and the other for smaller breeds. Includes benches, water hydrants, waste stations and supplies. Located in Willow Park on the west side of town, north of West Superior Street between North Boston Avenue and Park Avenue. Missouri Bottoms Wetland

Consists of 240 acres of restored wetland offering habitat for migrating waterfowl and upland habitat for pheasants and quail. Excellent bird watching opportunity. Located just north of the northbound Interstate 29 rest area and St John’s Wildlife Area.



Located on the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway on Easton Trail and features a hiking trail to the top of the ridge. Enjoy panoramic views of the Missouri River Valley.


Restored through the Wetland Reserve Program and acquired by Harrison County Conservation Board, this 155 acre area provides seasonal wetland habitat for migrating waterfowl and mixed native uplands that supports a population of pheasants. Located in Loess Hills Bird Conservation Area, three miles east of Modale on F-50, then two miles north on Hamlin Avenue, then 1.5 miles east on 250th Street.


Also donated by local residents and in the Wetland Reserve Program. Consists of 15 acres of small wetland basin, mixed native upland habitat and forested areas. Connects with GeeHruska Wetland Area


Located three miles southeast of Missouri Valley and consists of 341 acre area. Lies in the Loess Hills and adjacent to a National Park Service identified Loveland Special Landscape Area. Features restored prairie and oak savannah. Hiking trails, scenic vistas and abundant populations of deer and turkey. Follow Loess Hills Trail south from Missouri Valley, cross the Boyer River and turn left on Lima Trial and follow junction to Mesa Place turn left.


Located 5 miles southwest of Mondamin on 222nd Street and is the official Lewis and Clark campsite from their historic trek westward in 1804. It is one of the few boat ramps in Missouri River in Harrison County. Small game hunting and bank fishing available located adjacent to the Soldier Bend Wildlife Area.


Located along the historic Lincoln Highway (Highway 30) between Logan and Missouri Valley and provides shaded picnic area with grill and features a butterfly way station. Just a short distance from the Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center.


Located three miles southeast of Little Sioux on Eden Avenue with access via a Level B dirt road. Donated by pioneer family, family cemetery still on site. Consists of 15 acres of mixed native prairie and upland habitat for pheasant and quail hunting.


Located seven miles north of Missouri Valley off Loess Hills Trial vial Level B dirt road and features 155 acres of woodland and ridge top prairie habitat. Fishing Lake and ideal hunting for deer, turkey, pheasants, rabbits and squirrels. Bird watching and morel mushroom hunting also available.


Nestled in the hills two miles off Highway 30, between Woodbine and Dunlap and features six acre fishing lake, boat ramp and ADA fishing pier, modern campground with 20-30 amp service electricity and water, shower and restrooms. Open April through October. Tent only campground, picnic area, playground and trails also available


Located at the base of Loess Hills on the Harrison/Monona County line and four miles north of Little Sioux. Nearly 10 acres of restored prairie and woodlands suitable for hunting turkey, deer, and upland game, plus bank fishing.


This 280 acre wetland provides seasonal habitat for migrating waterfowl, as well as pheasant and quail. Located in Loess Hills Bird Conservation area. Located three miles east of Modale on F50 and one mile north of Hamlin Avenue. Willow Lake Recreation Area Consists of 220 acres and is located six miles west of Woodbine on Easton Trail. Offers many recreational opportunities, as well exploration and education of nature and its environment. Includes boating, cabins, swimming, hunting, fishing and so much more


Adjoins DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge on its southern border in Pottawattamie County. Named after former Governor, George Wilson came into existence as an island sandbar around 1900. Camp grounds for Lewis and Clark in 1804, during their trip to and from the Pacific Coast during the first American expedition to cross the western portion of the United States. Consists of 544 aces of dense cottonwood. Enjoy many outdoor recreations.



Located near the interchange of I-29 and U.S. Hwy. 30 in Missouri Valley, the Wisecup Farm Museum is a journey into yesteryear that features a large collection of MinneapolisMoline tractors and equipment, as well as other antique tools, buggies, and a sleigh. With replicas of an 1800s schoolhouse, an 1800s cedar church, a log cabin, a 1900s gas station, and an early 1900s doctors office, as well as a free putt-putt golf course, there is surely something for everyone.

Please check website for scheduled events All events are free and open to the public. Wisecup Farm Museum is also available for private parties and weddings.

1200 Canal Street, Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555

Located east of the I-29/Hwy. 30 interchange 712-642-3925 • cjwcup@live.com www.wisecupfarmmuseum.com

WISECUP FARM MUSEUM 30 www.wisecupfarmmuseum.com For information, call: 712-642-3925 | 402-689-1984 • 402-689-4002 Or email: cjwcup@live.com Missouri Valley, IA Open May 11th thru Sept. 25th Wed. 1-5 p.m. • Saturday 9-5 Available for Weddings, Parties and Receptions Museum Take a self-guided tour through yesterday as you walk through a display of MM farm machinery and antique household furniture inside a 1917 refurbished barn. A second barn houses toy and tool displays, old-time shops and a saloon. FREE ADMISSION Wisecup Farm Museum


4 County Fair Info: 712-643-1294

Dunlap July 4th Celebration Info: 712-614-5191

Harrison County Fair Info: 712-644-2105 www.harrisoncofair.com

Lavender Stock Info: 712-642-9016 www.loesshillslavender.com

Little Sioux Homecoming Info: 712-649-2211

Logan July 4th Celebration Info: 712-644-2455

Magnolia Old Settlers Reunion Info: 712-648-231

Modale Fun Day Info: 712-645-2601

Mondamin Heritage Day Info: 712-646-2431

Music in the Park Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Missouri Valley Chamber of Commerce Info: 712-642-2553 www.missourivalleychamber.org

Pisgah Play Days Info: 712-456-2301

Woodbine Rodeo Days Info: 712-647-2899 www.woodbinesaddleclub.com


Eagles Club Car Show

Don Bugenhagen 951-217-1835

Figure 8 Races www.facebook.com/harrisoncountyiowafair

Hillclimb Championship https://www.facebook.com/ Hill-Blazers-MC-Club-177338458975888/


Embrace the Hills

Info: 712-456-2307 / 402-253-5102 www.bikeiowa.com

Missouri Valley Fall Festival Info: 712-642-2552 www.missourivalleychamber.org

National Wildlife Refuge Week Info: 712-388-4800 www.fws.gov/refuge/desoto

Small’s Fruit Farm Fall Festival Info: 712-646-2723 www.smallfruitfarm.com

Watson Steam Train Halloween Party Info: 712-642-2210 https://facebook.com/ WatsonSteamTrain/

Wisecup Artisan Festival Info: 712-642-3925

Historical Harvesting Event Info: 402-689-1984 www.wisecupfarmmuseum.com

Woodbine Applefest Info: 712-647-2550 www.woodbineia.org

Woodbine Martial Arts Annual Event Info: 712-592-7321 www.woodbinemartialarts.com


“Bright Lights, Little City” Christmas in Woodbine Info: 712-647-2550

Dunlap Nativity Scene

Managed by Silver Fox Foundation https://www.facebook.com/ DunlapNativityScene/

Logan Shiverfest https://www.facebook.com/logan chambercommittee/

Missouri Valley Holiday Lights Tour Info: 712-642-2553 www.missourivalleychamber.org

Missouri Valley Tree Lighting Info: 712-642-2553 www.missourivalleychamber.org

The Polar Express Info: 712-642-2210 https://facebook.com/Watson SteamTrain/

Before making plans to attend an event, please check the event website for any updates


The Harrison County Fair’s home is located in Missouri Valley and is scheduled annually in late July. The fair kicks off early in the week with an official Bill Riley Iowa State Fair Qualifying Talent Show and the crowning of the Harrison County Fair King and Queen, which is actually the one event held in Logan instead of Missouri Valley.

The fair goes full tilt beginning on Wednesday with livestock and exhibit judging getting underway. Evenings throughout the fair include all kinds of entertainment – from free musical acts to carnival rides to grandstand events, which have included figure 8 races, concerts, ATV races, rodeos, tractor pulls, and motocross races. Saturday morning brings another great Harrison County Fair tradition – the Harrison County Fair Parade in Missouri Valley. It is held in Missouri Valley and is sponsored by the Missouri Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The Harrison County Fair is family fun for everyone!

www.harrisoncofair.com 712-644-2105


Held the first weekend in August at Dunlap Fairground. this old fashioned county fair offers exhibits, horse shows, tractor pulls, rodeo, ATV drags and so much more.

The 4 County Fair brings together 4-H’ers and FFA students from Harrison, Monona, Crawford, and Shelby Counties to show livestock and exhibit projecrs for a chance to to advance to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

Kick off is Friday evening with a family-friendly night of food and fun and continues through the following Wednesday. Don’t miss an official Bill Riley Iowa State Qualifying Talent Show, food, raffles and other activities for all to enjoy.

www.4countyfaircom 4countyfair@gamil.com Facebook: 4 County Fair/Dunlap

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The Arts are a growing part of Harrison County’s culture. Communities throughout the county are adding art pieces to homes and business districts. The county is home to two non-profit Arts & Humanities organizations, as well as a few arts-inspired retail businesses.


Based in Woodbine, promotes the Arts and Humanities with annual events. Call for more information. 712-647-2962


Based out of The Grand Lodge Arts Center in Modale is a non-profit organization promoting art education. Call for information regarding events. 712-645-2531 or 712-646-2893

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Open from the first weekend of April to end of October, a scenic 9-hole course on the west side of town and has serviced golfers since 1929. This is a semi-private course, with sand bunkers on five of the nine holes. The fairways are narrow and tree lined and the greens are large and sloping.

Clubhouse rental (with kitchen) is available seven days a week.

Call in advance to confirm dates and avoid double-booking. League Days held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

507 South 10th St., Dunlap 712-643-5945


Open from April to October, a picturesque 9-hole course built in the Loess Hills. Located halfway between Missouri Valley and Logan along Highway 30 and has serviced golfers since 1949.

This course features over 2,915 yards of golf from the longest tee for a par of 36. Clubhouse rental is possible with advanced booking. Grilled lunches are available. League Days are Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

2455 Highway 30, Logan 712-644-3050 or 712-642-2124


Course is open from April to October, the beautiful 9-hole course located on the southwest side of town. Course features 3,081 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. This is the only course in the county that offers a driving range. A spacious clubhouse with a kitchen and conference center is available for rental with advanced bookings. League Days are Tuesday , Thursday and Friday evenings.

1930 Par Lane, Woodbine 712-647-3442

Woodbine Golf Course




Logan Rooms

103 N. 1st Ave. Logan, IA 712-644-3040


America’s Best Value Inn

3167 Joliet Ave. Missouri Valley, IA 51555 712-642-4788 americasbestvalueinn.com

DeSoto Inn & Suites

1976 Hwy. 30 Missouri Valley, IA 51555 712-642-4003

Hillside Cottages

975 Sunnyside Ave. Missouri Valley, IA 51555 712-642-4781


128 Willow Rd. Missouri Valley, IA 51555 712-642-3000 wyndhamhotels.com/travelodge


Town Inn

602 Walker St. Woodbine, IA 51579 712-647-3247



Hilltop Studio Apt. Main Street Studio Apartment


Grain Bin Getaway Loess Hills Trail



Majestic Rose Apartments 802 Court St. Dunlap, IA 51529 712-643-1111

Valley View Bed & Breakfast

1105 Salina Ave. Dunlap, IA 51529 712-643-1015


Blue Bird Run

2460 Norton Ave. Logan, IA 51546 712-644-3102

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Twisted Tail Bar & Grill

2849 – 335th St. Logan, IA 712-644-3942


Common Grounds

Speciality Coffee House 611 Iowa Ave. commongrounds.com

Dairy Sweet

118 Iowa Ave. Dunlap, IA 712-643-5116

Doghouse Bar & Grill

608 Iowa Ave. Dunlap, IA 712-643-5781

Dunlap Golf Club 1110 Toledo Ave. Dunlap, IA 712-643-5945

Gold Slipper

1136 Toledo Ave. Dunlap, IA 712-643-5888

Nuther Round Bar

107 Iowa Ave. Dunlap, IA 712-643-5194


4th Avenue Grill

115 N. 4th Ave. Logan, IA 712-644-3200

Logan Flours Bakery

305 E. 7th Logan, IA 712-644-3758

Logan-Missouri Valley Country Club

2455 Hwy. 30 Logan, IA 712-644-3050

Logan Super Foods & Deli 403 E. 6th St. Logan, IA 712-644-2280


121 W. 7th St. Logan, IA 712-644-3104


Arby’s Roast Beef Restaurant

123 Willow Rd. Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-5722

Bamboo Village Chinese Café

514 E. Erie St. Missouri Valley, IA 712-600-6542

Buck Snort Bar & Grill 209 E. Erie St. Missouri Valley, IA 712-600-6441

Burger King 3161 Joliet Ave. Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-3149

Campo Azul Mexican Restaurant

420 Lincoln Highway Missouri Valley, IA 712-600-6722

Casey’s General Store

106 E. Erie St. Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-9464

Cornstalk Café

103 Willow Rd. (Inside Shell Taylor Quik-Pik) Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-2623

Eagle’s Club #3876 118 S. 5th St. Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-3165

Food Land Deli

407 W. Huron St. Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-3148

Good Beans Coffee Shop 401 E. Erie St. Missouri Valley, IA

JC’s Dairy Den 420 W. Erie St. Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-3698

Martinez Bakery 316 E. Erie St. Missouri Valley, IA

McDonald’s 100 Willow Rd. Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-2711

Penny’s Diner 128 Willow Rd. Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-3000

PetroMart / Godfather’s Pizza Express 1961 Hwy. 30 Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-8577


Pizza Ranch

104 W. Erie St. Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-5050

Subway 124 Willow Rd. Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-4777

Taco John’s 1971 Highway 30 Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-3448

Taylor Quik-Pick Jct. I-29 & Hwy 30 Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-4305

MODALE Easy Street 205 N. Main St. Modale, IA 712-645-2902


Sandbar 103 N. Noyes St. Mondamin, IA 712-646-2300

Jiffy Mart 75 Maple St. Mondamin, IA 712-646-2351


Plan B Bar & Grill

103 Main St. Persia, IA 712-488-7691

Northside Lounge 115 Main St. Persia, IA 712-488-7691

Somewhere Else Bar & Grill 103 Main St. Persia, IA 712-488-7691


Dave’s Old Home Café

200 First St. Pisgah, IA 712-456-2127

Loess Hills Country Corner 103 – 1st St. Pisgah, IA 712-456-2222


Building Grounds Coffee Shop

415 Walker St. Woodbine, IA 712-592-3913

Casa Mexicana Two 411 Walker St. Woodbine, IA 712-647-2020

Casey’s General Store 602 Lincoln Way Woodbine, IA 712-647-2668

Dairy Sweet 302 Lincoln Way Woodbine, IA 712-647-3012

Food Land Deli 62 – 5th St. Woodbine, IA 712-647-2240

Good Fellows

501 Walker St. Woodbine, IA 712-647-3317

JoJo’s Kitchen 524 Lincoln Way St. Woodbine, IA 712-647-6100

Nutshelle’s Dairy Sweet 302 Lincoln Way Woodbine, IA 712-647-3012

The Corn Palace 417 Walker St. Woodbine, IA 712-647-3317

Woodbine Golf Course 1930 Par Lane Woodbine, IA 712-647-3442

2242 Garland Ave. Mondamin, IA 51557-4005 712-600-4499


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Congregational Church 702 Jeroleman St. 712-643-5910

United Methodist Church 701 Eaton St. 712-643-5612

Lifeline Fellowship Assembly of God 1207 Harrison Rd. 712-643-5475

St. John Lutheran Church 902 Montague St. 712-643-5495

St. Patrick Catholic Church 509 S. 3rd St. 712-643-5808


Church of Christ 403 Mulberry St. 712-646-2644


Christian Church 205 E. 8th St. 712-644-2642

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 2629 – 260th St. 712-644-2729

Immanuel Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod 311 E. 6th St. 712-644-2384

Landmark Baptist Church 302 E. 6th St. 712-644-5432

St. Anne Catholic Church 112 W. 3rd St. 712-644-2535

United Methodist Church 302 E. 8th St. 712-644-2592

Missouri Valley Christian Church 119 N. 4th St. 712-642-4179

Community of Christ Church

2102 Liberty Ave. 712-642-2486

First Lutheran Church –Missouri Synod 724 N. 8th St. 712-642-2483

First Presbyterian Church 210 N. 4th St. 712-642-2538

Grace Community Fellowship of the Christian and Missionary Alliance 300 East Erie St. 712-642-5995

St. Patrick Catholic Church 215 N. 7th St. 712-642-2611

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church 201 N. 2nd St. 712-642-2820

Sunrise Community Church of the Nazarene 2225 Hwy. 30 (Sunnyside) 712-642-3708

United Methodist Church

308 E. Superior St. 712-642-3168


United Methodist Church

108 E. Haley St. 712-642-3168


New Life Church 609 Mulberry St. 712-646-2793

Church of Christ (Christian) 207 N. Noyes St. 712-646-2644

Community of Christ Church 200 Chestnut St. 712-456-2032

Holy Family Catholic Church 307 Mulberry St. 712-646-2262

United Methodist Church 301 Vine St. 712-456-2813


Community of Christ Church 201 – 2nd Ave. 712-488-6101

St. John Lutheran Church 209 – 2nd St. 712-488-2245

Trinity Lutheran Church 305 – 1st Ave. 712-488-2023

United Methodist Church 311 Main St. 712-488-2400 or 712-544-2371


Community of Christ Church 114 E. Iowa St. 712-456-2767

United Methodist Church 420 Front St. 712-456-2813


The Believers Training Center 54 – 5th St. 712-647-3233

Community of Christ Church 605 Weare St. 712-647-2014

Create Church 404 Lincoln Way St. 712-485-4127

First Christian Church 509 Ely St. 712-647-3078

Followers of Christ 77 – 5th St. 712-647-2006 or 712-644-5029

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 33 – 7th St. 712-643-5115

First United Methodist Church 509 Lincolnway St. 712-647-2304



Harrison County Government harrisoncountyia.org

City of Dunlap dunlapia.com

City of Logan loganiowa.com

City of Missouri Valley cityofmissourivalley.com

City of Woodbine woodbineia.org


Boyer Valley boyer-valley.k12.ia.us

Logan-Magnolia lomaschools.org

Missouri Valley movalleyschools.org

Tri-Center tctrojans.org

West Harrison westharrison.school

Woodbine Woodbine.k12.ia.us


Logan/Woodbine Twiner-Herald loganwoodbine.com

Missouri Valley Times-News missourivalleytimes.com

Dunlap Reporter dunlapiowa.com


Harrison County Development Corporation Destinationharrisonia.org

Logan Chamber of Commerce Facebook/loganchambercommittee

Missouri Valley Chamber of Commerce missourivalleychamber.org


Woodbine Main Street Chamber woodbineia.com


Bertrand Museum at DeSoto National Refuge fws.gov/refuge/desoto

Dougal House & McLean Museum dunlapiowa.com

Duncan’s Poultry duncanspoultry.com

Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center harrisoncountyparks.org/welcome/ index.html

Wisecup Farm Museum wisecupfarmmuseum.com


DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge & Visitor Center fws.gov/refuge/desoto

Loess Hills State Forest iowadnr.gov/destinations/ stateforests/loesshillsstateforest. aspx

Remington Boat Launch harrisoncountyparks.org/parks/ remington.html

Schaben Park www.harrisoncountyparks.org/parks/ schaben.html

Willow Lake Recreation Area harrisoncountyparks.org/parks/ willow.htm

Wilson Island State Recreation Area iowadnr.gov/Destinations/ StateParksRecAreas/ IowasStateParks/ParkDetails. aspx?ParkID=610118&idAdmin Boundary=221

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